Spotlight on IED council members: Neil Phelps IEng MIED

Posted on 18/09/2016 by IED

Neil Phelps IEng MIED is a production design manager at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE). He started his engineering career in 1975 as a mechanical engineering technician apprentice with F J Edwards, which produced sheet metal working machine tools. He was introduced to the art of design and draughting during his final placement in the product drawing office, and has been a practitioner and manager in this discipline ever since.

Phelps became a member of the IED with registration as IEng in 2005; he has been an industrial liaison officer for AWE since 2006. He joined the IED membership committee in 2009 and has served as a member of council since 2014.

He has a keen interest in the promotion of apprentice schemes and was instrumental in the introduction of a Higher Apprentice Scheme at AWE. He also worked with the IED education and training committee to approve an advanced scheme in design, run by Nuvia. He is currently supporting the Engineering Council-led Engineering Apprentice and Technician Qualification Forum, with a specific interest in the approval of Trailblazer Engineering Design and Draughting Apprentice Standards, which should qualify for EngTech registration.

Phelps is a member of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Technical Committee TDW/4 responsible for Technical Product Realisation and has been involved with the continued development of BS8888 since itsintroduction, replacing the much-loved BS308. He was also a member of the joint IED/BSI team, which developed the joint certification process for training courses in Geometrical Dimensioning and Tolerancing to BS8888. Through his membership of TDW/4, he is also a member of the two International Standards Organisation (ISO) technical committees (ISO/TC10 & ISO/TC213) responsible for the maintenance and development of standards relating to Technical Product Specification (TPS) and Geometrical Product Specification and Verification.

He is currently leading the amendment of ISO129-1- Indication of Dimensions and Tolerances, and has co-authored a number of technical and educational publications on the application of TPS.

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